Once hailed as the future of U.S. offensive capability in the air, the F-35 dual strike fighter jet has finally accepted the fact that it will never be as good as its Russian and Chinese classmates, or even it’s older brother, the F-16, that it was expected to surpass easily with all the extra tutoring it was given.
In a scenario that non-gifted children of ambitious parents will find all too familiar, the pleasant, if utterly mediocre, military aircraft knows its limitations only too well, even if the Military-Industrial Complex that birthed it does not.
Parenting expert Joyce Withers says the problem is often not with the child – who may be a perfectly functional if totally unexceptional individual or aeroplane – but with the parents.
“When your child tells you that he or she will never be able to play the violin or generate fast yaw rates as well as the Russian or Chinese fighter jet next door, it’s usually best to accept it instead of perpetuating unrealistic expectations.”
She all too frequently sees parents struggle to let go of hopeless dreams they have invested so much time and hundreds of billions of dollars in.
“Sometimes the best answer is for over-invested and delusional parents to be stripped of any and all power they may wield.”